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New feather findings get scientists in a flap

Scientists from the University of Southampton have revealed that feather shafts are made of a multi-layered fibrous composite material, much like carbon fibre, which allows the feather to bend and twist to ...

Oct 22, 2014
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How cormorants emerge dry after deep dives

Feathers have long been recognized as a classic example of efficient water-shedding—as in the well-known expression "like water off a duck's back." A combination of modeling and laboratory tests has now ...

Jun 16, 2014
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Flexible polymer opals

A synthetic material which mimics the brightest and most vivid colours in nature, and changes colour when twisted or stretched, has been developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, and could have important ...

May 29, 2013
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